Globalized Localism: Canada's Government Procurement Commitments Under the CETA
Journal of Transnational Dispute Management, Forthcoming
15 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2015 Last revised: 27 Apr 2015
Date Written: February 23, 2015
This article examines Canada’s commitments under the procurement chapter of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) currently awaiting ratification by Canada and the European Union (EU). While the CETA’s procurement rules are substantively and procedurally similar to those of the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s Revised Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), Canada’s obligations under CETA penetrate deeply into procurement decisions at all levels of government, including notably those made by municipal entities and public bodies such as hospitals and universities. The CETA retains important exceptions which should preserve the rights of government to pursue some social goals in aid of small businesses and economically deprived areas. It also applies monetary thresholds which should help ensure that the agreement’s primary focus are contracts awarded to large multinationals. Despite these restrictions, CETA’s fostering of international competition in the previously insulated spheres of government may herald a new era of economic globalization.
Keywords: procurement, WTO, CETA, international trade
JEL Classification: K33
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